Barricaded person fires gun at police, taken into custody

OHSWEKEN—One person is charged in connection with an ongoing investigation into a weapons incident on Chiefswood Road between Fifth Line and Sixth Line in  Ohsweken-Six Nations of the Grand River.

On Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at approximately 11:30 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand and Brant County Detachments, OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit, OPP Emergency Response Team, and York Regional Police Aviation Services were called to assist the Six Nations Police Service after its officers came under weapons-fire on Chiefswood Road between Fifth Line and Sixth Line in Ohsweken-Six Nations of the Grand River.

A barricaded individual continued to discharge a firearm at police officers overnight. The incident was resolved shortly before 9:30 a.m. the following morning. One person was taken into custody and transported to hospital. No officers were injured.

Police have charged a 40-year-old of Ohsweken with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Attempted Murder Using a Firearm (two counts)
  • Use Firearm while committing offence
  • Careless Use of Firearm
  • Firearm Regulations
  • Pointing Firearm (two counts)
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose (three counts)
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm (two counts)
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession (two counts)
  • Utter Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm.

Residents living on Chiefswood Road between Fifth Line and Sixth Line were asked to shelter in place and motorists was also asked to avoid the area for the duration of the incident. A significant police presence remained in the area for some time.

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The accused was scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice located in the City of Brantford this week.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by members of the Six Nations Police Service, and with the assistance of West Region OPP Crime Unit and Identification Services, under the direction of the Criminal Investigation Branch. As a result of this interaction, the OPP has notified the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which has invoked its mandate. As a result, the OPP will not be able to provide further information.